Punjab State Commission for protection of child rights on Monday directed the police commissioner Ram Singh to submit the action taken report (ATR) in the case of minor domestic help, who had alleged the state president of BJP mahila morcha Renu Thapar for physically torturing her.
Swaran Salaria, the chairman of commission, while talking to HT revealed, “I have asked my commission’s secretary Sameer Kumar to seek the report from the Jalandhar police commissioner within a week. Everyone, whosoever, would be at fault, would not be spared. We would ensure that all accused in this case reach behind the bars.”
A 12-year-old girl, who escaped from the clutches of Thapar from her house in Ludhiana, reached Jalandhar on Saturday and made the allegations earlier in police station and later in a local court.
She claimed that she was taken away from her parents by Thapar on pretext of educating her but the accused used her only as domestic help. She also alleged that she was canned for committing mistakes leading her to flee the house.
Taking serious notice of the matter, Salaria had earlier directed the Police commissioner to immediately suspend the police officials who violated the law by questioning the minor in uniform or questioning her at the police station. Acting on which, the commissioner had suspended ASI Malkit Singh and had initiated the probe against SHO Rajinder Kumar.
Meanwhile, members of dynamic group of councillors on Monday alleged the BJP leader of attempting to abduct the parents of the girl girl forcibly to pressurise them to make convenient statements.
“At 2.30pm, when we all were assembling for the press conference, Balram Kapur, the brother of Renu Thapar and three other persons tried to abduct Jaikant Singh and Poonam (parents of minor girl) from the model house office of councillor Amandeep Kaur Major but they could not succeed,” said councillor Sushil Kumar Rinku.
“We have submitted the complaint to Bhargo camp police station in this regard,” he said alleging that, “police had failed to take any action against the culprit Thapar under political pressure. We demand immediate registering of case against her under the relevant provisions of law.”
“If Salaria can punish the guilty policemen then what is the hitch for him to recommend action against a BJP leader?” councillor said.